Portrait Gallery: Cheryl Harley-Volz
Cheryl Harley-Volz doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t an artist.
She has been passionate about drawing with paper and pencil for “forever, really,” she said.
Although she enjoys working in other media, the 65-year-old Fruita woman is drawn to paper and pencil because “I still love the challenge of manipulating graphite between whispers of gray and the blackest of blacks,” Harley-Volz said in her artist statement at charleyart.faithweb.com.
Her artist’s name is C.Harley-Volz.
Harley-Volz can draw countless things but her art predominantly features horses, cowboys, sheep and other images of the West.
She is originally from Canon City.
For most of her artistic career, Harley-Volz has stuck to images of black, white and gray. Recently, however, she began adding color from pencils or alcohol ink in select places where she thinks the color provides “wow factor.”
The portability of her art — all she needs is pencils, paper and drawing boards — enables Harley-Volz to transport her art easily. In fact, her fifth wheel makes an ideal studio space because of all the natural light, she said.
The quality and subject matter of her work prompted organizers with the San Francisco Cow Palace to ask her to design and draw the program and illustrations for next year’s Grand National.
Harley-Volz has shown her artwork regionally and out-of-state at venues such as the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Women Artists of the West Juried Fall Members Show and the Meeker International Sheep Dog Trial Art Show.